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Fitbit Versa 3 and Inspire 2 update fitness wearables with new tracking

Fitbit Versa 3 and Inspire 2 update fitness wearables with new tracking

Fitbit's Sense isn't the only new wearable from the company, with the Versa 3 and Inspire 2 upgrading its popular smartwatch and tracker lines. Both offer 24/7 heart rate tracking and a variety of fitness and mindfulness options, all logged through the Fitbit app.

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Fitbit Sense packs ECG and stress sensors in sleek smartwatch

Fitbit Sense packs ECG and stress sensors in sleek smartwatch

There's a new smartwatch in town, and the Fitbit Sense is aiming to coax the Apple Watch off your wrist so that a new, stress-monitoring alternative can take its place. Sharing Fitbit's new style language with the Fitbit Versa 3 - also being freshly announced today - the new Sense packs an EDA sensor with which the company says it can track the body's stress response, along with ECG, SpO2, and skin temperature sensors.

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Garmin Connect down: Get your data fix during server maintenance

Garmin Connect down: Get your data fix during server maintenance

This week Garmin suffered an outage, so some (or all) of their services are down. That won't stop active individuals from running (or so we hope), so what's to be done with all this data that's still being racked up in Garmin trackers? How might you quantify your activities? For some Garmin products, there's good news: You don't need Garmin's (currently out of commission) services to see your data!

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Garmin outage: What we know about this apparent ransomware attack

Garmin outage: What we know about this apparent ransomware attack

This week Garmin services and production were reportedly the victim of a ransomware attack. As a result, Garmin experienced an outage that affected Garmin.com and Garmin Connect, as well as Garmin call centers. This attack's various hits meant that at the same time Garmin was experiencing what was likely the most comprehensive loss of service in its history, the company was completely unable to reieve service calls, emails, or participate in online chats.

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Google promises Fitbit data won’t be used for advertising

Google promises Fitbit data won’t be used for advertising

It has been more than half a year since Google announced its plans to acquire popular wearable brand Fitbit but that deal may be in danger of falling through. That is if privacy advocates have their way and convince the European Commission of the risks that this deal would entail. Although it may not have been legally or technically required to do, Google is pledging to exclude Fitbit data from any advertising purpose in order to get on the Commission's good graces.

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Brain benefits of exercise may come in a pill following protein discovery

Brain benefits of exercise may come in a pill following protein discovery

A new study detailing a poorly understood protein may pave the way for a future in which people can get the brain-protecting benefits of exercise in the form of a pill. The findings would be particularly beneficial to individuals who aren't able to exercise due to physical disabilities or during extended periods of illness, helping protect one's brain as it ages.

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Fitbit Charge 4 wearable update adds Dynamic GPS and Smart Wake alarm

Fitbit Charge 4 wearable update adds Dynamic GPS and Smart Wake alarm

Fitbit has released an update for its Charge 4 smartwatch, adding new features that improve its usefulness as a wake-up device while also improving battery life. The changes arrive in update v1.96.29. With this, users will be able to get their watch to wake them up at the ideal time, avoiding alarms that go off during deep sleep. As well, GPS usage has been improved to preserve battery life.

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Polar Unite smart fitness watch will cost you around $150

Polar Unite smart fitness watch will cost you around $150

The smart fitness watch Polar Unite was revealed today with an essential set of features that allow it to be priced at approximately $150. This same brand has a device called Polar Grit X that goes all-out on features for approximately 430-Euro, down to the Polar Ignite, a device that'll cost just under 200-Euro. They've also got a Fitness Tracker device called Polar A370 that'll run you around $170-Euro - and the Polar M200, a "GPS Running Watch" that costs almost exactly the same amount of cash as the Polar Unite.

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Lululemon just bought one of the coolest smart home fitness companies

Lululemon just bought one of the coolest smart home fitness companies

Lululemon Athletica, the clothing company best known for its yoga apparel line, has announced plans to acquire in-home fitness company MIRROR for $500 million. MIRROR has launched an all-in-one smart fitness system designed to replace the gym, something no doubt more popular now that many people are practicing social distancing and avoiding public fitness centers.

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watchOS 7 adds Apple Watch sleep tracking, handwashing detection, new Fitness app

watchOS 7 adds Apple Watch sleep tracking, handwashing detection, new Fitness app

As it is every year, WWDC is a multi-faceted show, with Apple revealing a number of new features across its software lineup. It's the time of year when Apple reveals new iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, and this year's jump to watchOS 7 seems to be a pretty significant one. On top of the more incremental features you'd expect to see, there's even a new feature that could help keep you safe in the midst of a pandemic.

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Reversing type-2 diabetes study reports overwhelming success

Reversing type-2 diabetes study reports overwhelming success

A new study out of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar has found that an "intensive" year-long program successfully sent type-2 diabetes into remission for 61-percent of the participants, highlighting a potentially very effective treatment option. Rather than focusing on drugs, the protocol involved an overall lifestyle, tasking the participants with eating a low-calorie diet, losing weight, and more.

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Strava just made some popular features paid-only – and that’s a good thing

Strava just made some popular features paid-only – and that’s a good thing

Strava, the fitness app made specifically for cyclists and runners, has rolled out a big change to its business. While anyone can still download and use the app without paying on iOS and Android, certain popular features are now locked behind a paywall. Users who want access to the segment leaderboards and analysis will need to sign up for the new subscription, which is a way of ensuring the app can stick around in the future.

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